Date/Time Event
Tuesday, 29th May
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Boshemia: culture, art, feminism

Join us for the launch of the third issue of Boshemia. The first issue included an examination of nudity in Reykjavik; a discussion on the intersection of black feminist identity and anti-jewellery; a symposium on coming out; and a reflection of the 80s genderbending trifecta of pop music—all there. The second issue included a lot about sex and gender, smartphones and outer space.

boshemiaExpect more surprises for the third issue of this international journal.

Tickets: £3.00 on the door, redeemable against a purchase of the magazine. Refreshments included.

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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 31st May
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Book Group: At the Existentialist Cafe, by Sarah Bakewell

… subtitled Freedom, Being & Apricot Cocktails… Paris, the early 30s. The three friends meeting over apricot cocktails on the rue Montparnasse are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron. Out of the conversations comes existentialism, and this is the story of the people involved, their personal development and their philosophical development.

The book claims to make existentialism understandable. Will the book group agree?

Five Leaves Book Group is open. It usually meets on the last week of each month, discussing fiction and non-fiction. We’re happy that people come once in a while, we’re happy if people turn up every time. As long as they have read the book. We don’t mind where people source their books but in the lead up to meetings we offer 15% discount on book group books, whether people are planning to come or not!

Free, refreshments provided. But not apricot cocktails, sorry

To book a place, simply email us at

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Saturday, 2nd June
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
London Radical Bookfair

The biggest radical bookfair of the year, with a programme of talks.

Stalls from publishers and booksellers throughout the day.

Website and programme to follow

Organised by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers

Venue: Goldsmiths’, London
Sunday, 3rd June
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
May 1968 remembered

This event – run in conjunction with Sparrow’s Nest and the Notts and Derby Labour History Society comprises

12-2.00 A showing of the film “If” at Broadway – Broadway ticket prices apply, but we will have some tickets to sell too.

2.00 Exhibition – also at Broadway – on 1968 in Paris and Nottingham. Free.

3.00-5.00 Panel discussion about Nottingham in 1968, with Julian Atkinson (the impact of 1968 internationally), Mike Hamlin (the student movement), Roger Tanner (his memory of Paris May 68, because he was there), Jill Westby (fighting the colour bar campaign in Nottingham( and a speaker to be confirmed about local trade union campaigns in that year. Free. To book a place, simply email us at

Venue: Broadway Cinema, Nottingham
Monday, 4th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Alicia Kopf reads from Brother in Ice

‘She thought that it was precisely when things get uncomfortable or can’t be shown that something interesting comes to light. That is the point of no return, the point that must be reached, the point you reach after crossing the border of what has already been said, what has already been seen. It’s cold out there.’

Alicia Kopf’s Brother in Ice, translated form the Catalan by Mara Faye Lethem, and published by independent publisher And Other Stories, won the English Pen Award and the Premi Documenta literary award. We are delighted to welcome Alicia to read from and talk about her book. This hybrid novel—part research notes, part fictionalised diary, and part travelogue—uses the stories of polar exploration to make sense of the protagonist’s own concerns as she comes of age as an artist, a daughter, and a sister to an autistic brother. Conceptual and emotionally compelling, it advances fearlessly into the frozen emotional lacunae of difficult family relationships. Deserved winner of multiple awards upon its Catalan and Spanish publication, Brother in Ice is a richly rewarding journey into the unknown.

  • ‘In another country this book would have changed the course of history.’ Enrique Vila-Matas, author of The Illogic of Kassel
  • ‘Simultaneously serious and light, incidental and yet transcendental.’ El Periódico

£3 including refreshments

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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 5th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Trans* - a talk by Jack Halberstam

transIn the last decade, public discussions of transgender issues have increased exponentially. With this increased visibility has come not just power, but regulation, both in favour of and against trans people. What was once regarded as an unusual or even unfortunate disorder has become an accepted articulation of gendered embodiment as well as a new site for political activism and political recognition. What happened in the last few decades to prompt such an extensive rethinking of our understanding of gendered embodiment? How did a stigmatized identity become so central to U.S. and European articulations of self? And how have people responded to the new definitions and understanding of sex and the gendered body? In Trans*, Jack Halberstam explores these recent shifts in the meaning of the gendered body and representation, and explores the possibilities of a nongendered, gender-optional, or gender-queer future.

Booking essential via

Tickets: £3, including light refreshments

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 7th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Can we save Britain's wildlife? asks Mark Cocker



cocker“Environmental thought and ‘green’ politics have been mainstream parts of British culture for more than a century. Yet where did these ideas come from? And who created the cherished institutions, such as the National Trust or the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, that are now embedded in our public life

“From the flatlands of Norfolk to the tundra-like expanses of the Flow Country in northernmost Scotland, I made a personal quest to find the answers to this question and to unravel what nature means to the British people. I also wanted to clarify how I truly felt and feel about what has happened to this country in the last half century.

“I explored in detail six special places that embody the history of conservation, or whose fortunes allow us to understand why our landscape has come to look as it does.  Above all [I attempt] to resolve a paradox: why do the British seem to love their countryside more than almost any other nation, yet they have come to live amid one of the most denatured landscapes on Earth?

“[My new book] Our Place is partly a work of history, partly a  personal geographical quest and partly a philosophical inquiry into our relationship with the rest of life. I’d like to think that it tackles some of the central issues of our age. And in its conclusion I attempt to map out how this over-crowded island of ours could be a place fit not just for its human occupants, but for all its billions of citizens.”

This year Mark Cocker completes 30 years as a Guardian country diarist. His ten other books include works of biography, history, literary criticism and memoir. They include Claxton: Field Notes from a Small Planet  and Birds and People. The latter was published to international acclaim and was a collaboration with the photographer David Tipling. Between them these two were shortlisted for six literary awards including the Thwaites/Wainwright Prize. His book Crow Country was shorlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, and won the New Angle Prize (2009). Mark was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Literature from the University of East Anglia, where he has recently placed his archive

Tickets: £4 .  Note venue: Nottingham Mechanics, not the bookshop

A Bread and Roses event

Bar on site.

Booking essential. To book a place, simply email us at

Venue: Nottingham Mechanics Institute, Nottingham
Thursday, 14th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bloomsday in Nottingham

Image result for ulysses bloomsdayBloomsday readings and music

A Nottingham Irish Studies Group event.

Readings from the work of James Joyce, to commemorate the day on which Ulysses is set (16th June 1904).

Readers: Brian McCormack and Deirdre O’Byrne; Irish fiddle played by Ruadh Duggan of Nottingham Comhaltas.

Tickets: £3. Please let us know you are coming, on

Free entry if you dress in early-1900s costume.

Refreshments provided… but not these….

MR LEOPOLD BLOOM ATE WITH RELISH THE INNER ORGANS OF BEASTS and fowls. He liked thick giblet soup, nutty gizzards, a stuffed roast heart, liver slices fried with crustcrumbs, fried hencod’s roes. Most of all he liked grilled mutton kidneys which gave to his palate a fine tang of faintly scented urine.



Refreshments provided.

Free entry if you dress in early-1900s costume.

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Friday, 15th June
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Feminist Book Fortnight Launch!




Feminist Book Fortnight runs from 16th to 30th June.

Initiated by Five Leaves, this celebration runs nationally in independent bookshops and we have several events planned.  See where events around the country will be added as they are confirmed.

Here in Nottingham, please do join us in the shop to celebrate the launch. Pop along  between 5.30 and 6.30 pm and raise a glass of Prosecco  (cups of tea and other drinks also on offer) and have a natter.  10% off any purchases tonight!

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 19th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tiger and Clay: Syria Fragments, with Rana Abdulfattah, Juan delGado and Anna Ball

An event for Refugee Week discussing Tiger and Clay, a collection of poetry and memoir by Rana Abdulfattah, a young Syrian woman writing in exile in Istanbul. In the collection, Rana charts the destructive effects of never being permitted to go home, and takes the reader on her emotional journey towards a measure of peace.

We hope to have Rana with us on Skype to read from the work and in discussion with Juan delGado from her publishing firm and Anna Ball from Nottingham Refugee Week.

Free, refreshments provided

To book a place, simply email us at

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 20th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Global Capitalism, Global War, Global Crisis, with Andreas Bieler and Adam Morton

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This talk and book launch assesses the forces of social struggle shaping the past and present of the global political economy from the perspective of historical materialism. Based on the philosophy of internal relations, the character of capital is understood in such a way that the ties between the relations of production, state-civil society, and conditions of class struggle can be realised. Conceiving the internal relationship of Global Capitalism, Global War, Global Crisis as a struggle-driven process is a major contribution of the book providing a novel intervention on debates within theories of ‘the international’. Through a set of conceptual reflections, on agency and structure and the role of discourses embedded in the economy, class struggle is established as our point of departure. This involves analysing historical and contemporary themes on the expansion of capitalism through uneven and combined development (Global Capitalism), the role of the state and geopolitics (Global War), and conditions of exploitation and resistance (Global Crisis). The conceptual reflections and thematic considerations raised earlier in the book are then extended in a series of empirical interventions. These include a focus on the ‘rising powers’ of the BRICS (Global Capitalism), conditions of the ‘new imperialism’ (Global War), and the financial crisis since the 2007-8 Great Recession (Global Crisis). As a result of honing in on the internal relations of Global Capitalism, Global War, Global Crisis the final major contribution of the book is to deliver a radically open-ended dialectical consideration of ruptures of resistance within the global political economy.

Andreas Bieler is Professor of Political Economy and Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ) in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Globalisation and Enlargement of the European Union and The Struggle for a Social Europe as well as co-editor of Free Trade and Transnational Labour  and Chinese Labour in the Global Economy . He maintains a blog on trade unions and global restructuring at http: //

Free, refreshments included

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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 21st June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Inking Woman: 250 Years of Women Cartoon and Comic Artists in Britain, with Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate






The Inking Woman is a groundbreaking picture-led celebration of  the work of over 100 named British artists, and a few more anonymous ones, reveals a wealth of women’s wit and insight spanning 250 years. This wide-ranging curation of women’s comics work includes prints, caricatures, joke, editorial and strip cartoons, postcards, comics, zines, graphic novels and digital comics, covering all genres and topics. It addresses inclusion of art by women of underrepresented backgrounds. Join us with authors Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate as they discuss their book and the exhibition which inspired it.

£4 including refreshments

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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 26th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write with Nafeesa Hamid and Aliyah Hasinah


In The Things I Would Tell You, edited by Sabrina Mahfouz, British Muslim women write. It is a vibrant collection on everything from Islamic Tinder to friendship, from desire to religion, from war to representation; ‘an alternative to the current homogenous narrative of British Muslim identity’. (The Skinny)

The Things I Would Tell You



We are delighted to welcome 2 of the contributors to the best selling anthology The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write, edited by Sabrina Mahfouz, published by Saqi Books.  Join us for readings and discussion of the anthology as well as some poetry.

Aliyah Hasinah is a poet, producer and curator based in Birmingham whose writing focuses on personal understandings of history, politics and culture. Aliyah recently co-curated ‘The Past Is Now’ exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and produces for Apples and Snakes and Heaux Noire. She is also part of Art against the grain collective and 1/3 of the podcast Who Got the Juice? on Newstyle Radio.  Aliyah’s poetry is published in several zines, a colouring book and most recently, in this anthology.
Nafeesa Hamid is a poet, playwright and spoken word artist from Birmingham.  Her work engages with issues of mental health, domestic violence, gender, identity and culture.  She regulary performs in the Midlands and London and has worked with Apples and Snakes among  others.  She is part of Mouthy Poets, a collective of young artists and performers based in Nottingham.  Nafeesa has a new collection of poetry being published by Verve Press in June from which she will read some poems.
£4 including refreshments.  Booking essential. To book a place, simply email us at
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Aliyah Hasinah photo
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 27th June
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Award winning novelist Elif Shafak gives the second annual Unesco City of Literature lecture.

An event with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and Five Leaves Bookshop as part of Feminist Book Fortnight




Elif Shafak

Nottingham welcomes Elif Shafak , internationally acclaimed author and political commentator. This lecture aims to provide a platform for leading writers and thinkers to share their ideas and promote Nottingham city’s wide ranging expertise on international literature, literacy and the wider creative economy to a variety of audiences nationally and internationally.

In her lecture Elif Shafak will talk about literature in the context of gender equality and reflect on the individual and multi-layered experiences of women.  She will talk about what reading means to her in private and professional life and delve into how it plays a role not just in enabling choice and action, but also in helping us to understand the perspective of others.

Please note venue: : Arts Centre Lecture Theatre at Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham

Tickets here:

Venue: Djanogly Theatre, Nottingham
Thursday, 28th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Year of Publishing Women, with And Other Stories and guests

And other stories




A Feminist Book Fortnight event

In June 2015 author Kamila Shamsie laid down a challenge to the male dominated publishing industry: “It is clear that there is a gender bias in publishing houses and the world of books. Well, enough. Why not try something radical? Make 2018 the Year of Publishing Women, in which no new titles should be by men”

The publisher And Other Stories duly decided to make this year the year they only published women.

At this event an editor from the publisher will talk about how this decision worked out, with guest readings from one of their authors and/or one of their translators.

Tickets: £3, including refreshments

To book a place, simply email us at

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Friday, 29th June
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Ann Pettifor on The Production of Money: How to Break the Power of the Bankers  

Ann PettiforfbfFive Leaves Bookshop is delighted to welcome political economist Ann Pettifor to give a talk as part of Feminist Book Fortnight and  in association with The Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice at The University of Nottingham)  Her book, The Production of Money: How to Break the Power of the Bankers is published by Verso Books .

What is money, where does it come from, and who controls it?  One may well ask.  To many of us, it is a mystery. A respected economist who predicted the 2008 crash and the reasons for it,  Ann Pettifor has a real skill for making the money system, the future of finance, economic policy and feminist economics engaging and accessible. She debunks much of what traditional economists and politicians tell us.

Ann Pettifor is a political economist with a focus on finance and sovereign debt. She is the Director of PRIME (Policy Research in Macroeconomics), an honorary research fellow at City University, a fellow of the New Economics Foundation, and has an honorary doctorate from Newcastle University. She has served on the board of the UN Development Report and in 2015 was invited onto the Economic Advisory Board by the British Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn. She is the author of The Real World Economic Outlook and The Coming First World Debt Crisis, and co-authored The Green New Deal and The Economic Consequences of Mr Osborne.  She also writes regularly for The Guardian.

“Ann Pettifor was always the ideal author of a book that shatters the fantasy of apolitical money and the toxic myth that monetary policy must remain a democracy-free zone. This book is now a reality.”

– Yanis Varoufakis, author of And the Weak Suffer What they Must?

Please note venue: not at the shop.  Venue is the Clive Granger Building A40 at University of Nottingham.  The building is number 16 on the campus map here

Free, but booking essential. To book a place, simply email us at

Venue: Clive Granger Building, University of Nottingham, Nottingham
Saturday, 30th June
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Lowdham Book Festival's Last Saturday

Five Leaves is pleased to again organise the last day of Lowdham Book Festival – this year being its nineteenth year.

16 events over the day, dozens of stalls from new and second-hand booksellers, book organisations and letterpress printers. Children’s programme. Cafe.

All events are free.  The main festival is organised by The Bookcase of Lowdham.

Village Hall, Main Street, Lowdham
All Day Book Fair and Cafe
Throughout the day the Village Hall hosts a cafe serving hot and cold drinks, salads and panini, cakes and ice-cream. The bookfair is spread over the Village Hall, a marquee behind the village hall and assorted gazebos. It features shops selling new and second hand books, publishers, charities and book trade organisations. There’s an (always popular!) display of old fashioned printing equipment. There will be books for adults and children, bargain books and books by all the authors appearing at the Festival.

Sessions are first come, first served and can’t be booked in advance … so pitch up early if you think your choice might be popular!
This year our programme includes our usual helping of local history, poetry, crime fiction… but also includes fiction from East Europe and Ireland, history talks on the Spanish Flu Epidemic, landscape, skeletons and neuroscience….

Lost Nottingham – a city in pictures, an illustrated talk by Ian Rotherham
to include the launch of the new book Nottingham: Unique Images from the Archives of Historic England (Historic England Series), and extracts from Lost Nottingham in colour‘and Sherwood Forest and the Dukeries – a companion to the land of Robin Hood.

Skeletons, with Jan Zalasiewicz

From the bones of dinosaurs to the capsules of microscopic life, skeletons hold life together, build reefs, give armour for protection, strengthen our bodies. Without skeletons, life would not exist. Jan Zalasiewicz is a Professor of Palaeobiology at the University of Leicester.

Writing about Neuroscience, with Jonathan Taylor

 Jonathan Taylor’s memoir Take Me Home: Parkinson’s, My Father, Myself (Granta, 2007) was recently named by top neurologist Prof. Andrew Lees as one of his Five Best Books on Neuroscience ( In this session, Jonathan talks about his memoir and his other writings inspired by neuroscience, and also recommends his own favourite books on the subject.

The Afterlives of Dr Gachet, with Sam Meekings

Sam Meekings returns to childhood home of Nottingham to read from his novel about the life of Dr Gachet, the subject of one of Van Gogh’s last paintings. His reading tour includes the Institut Van Gogh in Auvers.

His first book, Under Fishbone Clouds, was published in the UK, the USA and Brazil, and was called “a poetic evocation of the country and its people” by the New York Times. Meanwhile, the Scottish Review of Books said of hiswork that The Book of Crows is a profound novel, and Meekings demonstrates a greater degree of ambition than some of his contemporaries.” He has been featured in The Independent, on Arena on Radio 1, and in the National Geographic.


How to Read the English Landscape, with Andrew Bibby

Andrew’s books include Backbone of England which focused on northern upland landscapes. His new book delves into the landscapes of ‘middle England’, using the device of a journey made by bicycle along the belt of Jurassic limestone from west Dorset to north Lincolnshire. Andrew turns to social history, economics, and literature, to describe why the countryside looks the way it does. He considers efforts taken to improve community life, ranging from the co-operative village shop in Northamptonshire to the campaign for affordable housing in a Dorset village. He looks at land usage land ownership, discussing how the countryside today is shaped by agricultural subsidies and estate management.

Pandemic, 1918 an illustrated talk with Catharine Arnold

 “In the same city, the Victoria Baths swimming pool was drained and turned into a temporary morgue when the local council ran out of places to store the dead. By the week ending 16 November 1918, Nottingham had the highest death rate in the country: 60,000.” This is the story of Spanish flu, which killed 100 million people globally.

The Piano Room, with  Jaroslav Melnik

Jaroslav Melnik (Jaroslavas Melnikas) is a celebrated Ukrainian/ Lithuanian writer. He has won the BBC Ukrainian Service Book of the Year Award in the Ukraine and has been nominated for it multiple times. His books have been best sellers in Lithuania and his writing is celebrated in France. Today he will be reading in English and discussing East European fiction with Stephan Collishaw (Noir Press). 

New Irish Writing, with Deirdre O’Byrne

Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends was the book other publishers said they wished they had published last year. Eimear McBride won the Goldsmiths Award for her experimental fiction. Then there’s the short story writer Claire Keegan and the novelist Sara Baume, all making waves. Deirdre will introduce you to a new generation of Irish writers and give out samples of their writing to discuss. 


 The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness, with Graham Caveney 

The Boy with… is a memoir of a northern, Irish-immigrant working class family, and an adolescence that was redeemed, then betrayed, by his headteacher, a priest, who introduced him to a world of arts and culture, but who also abused him. This memoir was one of the most widely reviewed books of 2017, now out in paperback.

 The Welbeck Atlas, an illustrated talk by Steph Mastoris

Steph Mastoris is the editor of The Welbeck Atlas produced by the Thoroton Society. It is presented together with a description of the work of William Senior in the 17th century and includes maps of the Earl of Newcastle’s estates in Nottinghamshire, much of which lay within Sherwood Forest, as well as maps of estates in Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Northumberland, so it is of great local interest. 

 Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy Panel*, with Dr Teika Bellamy

Although there are many successful women authors in the science fiction genre today, it is still very much a genre dominated by men. Join Teika Bellamy, the founder of Mother’s Milk Books and the editor of the popular series The Forgotten and the Fantastical, discuss the current state of the genre with regards to women authors. She will be joined by other local writers and readers. 

 The Shoestring Poetry Hour, with Jonathan Taylor and Robert Etty

 Nottinghamshire’s leading specialist poetry publisher, and long-time Lowdham regular, John Lucas of Shoestring Press launches a new collection by Leicester poet Jonathan Taylor and offers a welcome return by Robert Etty from Lincolnshire.


 Vikings Nottinghamshire, an illustrated talk by Rebecca Gregory

Nottingham was part of the Danelaw, the Viking settlement. Traces can still be found in street and village names, the local dialect and archaeological finds. Did you see the big exhibition recently at Lakeside?

In Transit, poems about travel with Sarah Jackson and Tim Youngs

‘I’m fascinated by this relationship between imagination and travel. What is it about being on the road that has inspired so many poets? How is the rhythm of movement translated into poetic form? And how does the texture of the journey shape the language of each poem? In this reading, Tim and I want to explore the physical, social and psychological implications of travel, gathering together a range of poems that challenge our assumptions of what it means to be in transit.’ 

Sarah and Tim edited the Emma Press book, In Transit. They will be joined by contributors Jo Dixon, Richard Goodson, Rory Waterman and others from the collection

Crime fiction, with  Roz Watkins 

Roz Watkins’s Detective Inspector Meg Dalton is a slightly overweight, feminist vegetarian who plies her trade in the Peak District. It was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger and is being adapted for TV.  In her novel, Devil’s Dice, a body is found near The Devil’s Dice – a  network of caves and a well-known local suicide spot. The man’s initials and a figure of the Grim Reaper are carved into the cave wall behind his corpse, but bizarrely, the carvings have existed for over one hundred years…

Words Best Sung, with Lee Stuart Evans

Lee Evans is a comedian – no, not that one, this Lee Evans is funny. He writes for Stephen Fry, Julie Walters and a host of top stars, but here is appears in his own right with Words Best Sung, a very loosely family autobiographical novel of the 1960s. There is a sound track – the music of the 60s – but primarily this is a novel of working class life in Worsop. There’s a lot about finding love and happiness, and a lot about steam trains.

Find the full Festival programme on the website of The Bookcase or pick up the physical programme, which looks  like this:








Venue: Lowdham Book Festival, Lowdham Nottinghamshire
Monday, 9th July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Poetry from New Zealand/Aotearoa with John Gallas and Vaughan Rapatahana

This event will feature readings in English by John Gallas and readings in te Reo (Maori) and English by Vaughan Rapatahana.

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John is a Carcanet poet who was born in New Zealand in 1950. He came to England in the 1970s to study Old Icelandic at Oxford and has since lived and worked in York, Liverpool, Upholland, Little Ness, Rothwell, Bursa, Leicester, Diyarbakir, Coalville and Markfield, as a bottlewasher, archaeologist, and teacher. His books are published by Cold Hub Press (nz) and Agraphia (Sweden), and The Little Sublime Comedy is his tenth Carcanet collection. He is the editor of two books of translations – 52 Euros and The Song Atlas – also published by Carcanet. He is a Fellow of the English Association and was 2016 Orkney St Magnus Festival poet. Last year Five Leaves published a pamphlet – Mad John’s Walk about John Clare, but expect to hear more about New Zealand at this reading.

You can hear Vaughan reading in te Reo and English here:

Vaughan is a New Zealand writer and reviewer. Though perhaps best known for his poetry, his bibliography also includes prose fiction, educational material, academic articles, philosophy, and language critiques. Rapatahana is of Māori ancestry, and many of his works deal with the subjects of colonial repression and cultural encounter. His writing has been published in New Zealand and internationally. In 2009, he was a semi-finalist for the Proverse Prize in Literature and in 2013 he was a finalist for the erbacce prize for poetry.

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£4.00 including refreshments. To  reserve your place simply email us at


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 12th July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Accidental Memoir, writing your life story with Eve Makis and Anthony Cropper - book launch

You are invited to join Eve and Anthony to launch their new book on life writing.

The Accidental Memoir truly is for all: writers and non-writers, teachers and students, the perfect book for anyone seeking inspiration to explore their own life story.C:\Users\pubnzm\Downloads\084637-FCT (1).TIF

 The story of you. The Accidental Memoir takes you on a journey of self-discovery, from the origins of your family name and earliest memories, to what you’d invent and how you’d change the world. This beautifully illustrated book is filled with inventive and accessible writing prompts, as well as tips for anyone wanting to document their lives and explore their creativity. Want to flex your writing muscles, exorcise your demons, relive moments of magic, make sense of life, have fun and leave a lasting legacy? The Accidental Memoir will show you how.

This innovative concept was developed as an Arts Council project to help people tap into their own lives. Working with diverse groups from refugees to the elderly and prisoners, it has been a success in unearthing stories that otherwise may never have been told.

Eve Makis studied at Leicester University and worked as a journalist and radio presenter in the UK and Cyprus before becoming a novelist. Her first novel, Eat, Drink and be Married, was awarded the Young Booksellers International Book of the Year Award. A screen adaptation of her third book, Land of the Golden Apple was shown in April 2017 and won several best in category awards at International Film Festivals. Her fourth novel, The Spice Box Letters, published in five languages, was shortlisted for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, the East Midlands Book Award and received the Aurora Mardiganian Gold Medal.

Anthony Cropper was born in Fleetwood, Lancashire. He has published two novels and a collection of short stories. His play, I’ll Tell You About Love won the BBC Alfred Bradley Award for Radio Drama and he recently worked with Bristol Old Vic, writing the screenplay for the short film, Myself in Other Lives. Anthony has taught creative writing both in this country and abroad. He has worked with adult learners on short courses for the University of Hull (Centre for Lifelong Learning) and has also held writing residencies in schools through First Story, a charity set up to promote literacy and storytelling.

Free, refreshments provided, but please let us know you are coming by emailing us at

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 16th July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Europe's Fault Line: racism and the rise of the right, with Liz Fekete
It is clear that the right is on the rise, but after Brexit, the election of Donald Trump and the spike in popularity of extreme-right parties across Europe, the question on everyone’s minds is: how did this happen?

An expansive investigation of the ways in which a newly configured right interconnects with anti-democratic and illiberal forces at the level of the state, Europe’s Fault Lines provides much-needed answers, revealing some uncomfortable truths.
Old racisms may be structured deep in European thought, but they have been revitalised and spun in new ways: the war on terror, the cultural revolution from the right, and the migration-linked demonisation of the destitute “scrounger.”

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Liz Fekete is Director of the Institute of Race Relations, where she has worked for over thirty years. She heads its European Research Programme and is advisory editor to its journal Race & Class. She is also the author of A Suitable Enemy: racism, migration and Islamophobia in Europe.

“Racism, for Liz Fekete, is the breading ground of fascism, and her struggle to combat both – on the ground and in her writings – has earned her the reputation of being an intrepid organiser, an inspirational speaker and an organic intellectual.”  A. Sivanandan

This talk forms part of “Remembering Srebrenica”, as Liz Fekete looks at the roots of racism and genocide
Entry £3.00, including refreshments. Please let us know you are coming  by emailing us at
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
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